I remember being a skinny eleven year old, strutting around in my local area with my white LA Lakers New Era Cap and my oversized Nike tracksuit. It was the summer of 2004 and Arsenal had just won the Premier League without losing a single game. Everyone idolised Thierry Henry (even I did despite being […]
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Introduction In the latter half of the twentieth century, arguably the most defining feature of East London’s physical transformation was the extensive construction of large housing estates, with several iconic tower blocks piercing the East End skyline for several decades. For a generation of men, women, and children and at time of great social and […]
Read More The demise of East London’s estates: how brutalism changed a generation
Introduction Do you remember the Ebola Crisis? probably not until you read the title of this essay. Yet, in 2014 the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa reverberated fear across the globe, sparking worldwide concern over the severity and potential proliferation of the disease beyond the borders of sub-Saharan Africa. Despite its discovery in 1976 […]
Read More Remembering the Ebola Crisis: What did the world learn?
Introduction During a heated meeting with lawmakers concerning immigration to the United States, President Donald Trump was reported to have made derogative comments about Haiti and several African countries. Trump has been accused of arguing against people from ‘sh**hole countries’ coming to the United States, preferring to accept immigrants from countries such as Norway. Although […]
Read More If Haiti and Africa are considered “sh**holes,” then the United States must hold responsibility
Introduction Since the early 1980s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has devastated the social, economic, and political landscape of sub-Saharan Africa, and has continued to impose a significant challenge against the region’s development. Indeed, the widespread proliferation of the disease has led to the immense regression of many sub-Saharan African countries. According to UNAIDS in 2013, there were […]
Read More The World Bank and HIV/AIDS Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Perpetrators or Defenders against the Epidemic?
Introduction The decolonisation of Africa in the 1950s and 1960s was seen as the great opportunity for the continent to finally realise its potential independently. Spurred by the sustained demands for self-determination by leading nationalists such as Jomo Kenyatta and Kwame Nkrumah, many countries throughout Africa would take back their sovereignty from their European possessors. […]
Read More The impact of neoliberalism on post-colonial Africa in the 20th century
Introduction On 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom will vote to decide whether the country is to remain or leave the European Union. For the first time in a generation, the general public will have the opportunity to formally declare their position on the U.K.’s membership in the EU, a declaration that could potentially transform […]
Read More Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union?: Challenging Eurosceptics on the British economy
Since the dawn of mankind, human beings have always used various forms of identification to distinguish themselves from their counterparts. In the contemporary world, social identity has been shaped by notions such as a person’s religious beliefs, cultural attitudes, sexual orientation, or their disposition towards a particular gender group. However, it is the categorisation of ‘race’ […]
Read More Reimagining race: Should the colour of your skin still matter?
Introduction Over the last few weeks, the British public have been well-informed of the harrowing experiences faced by migrants travelling to Europe in an attempt to escape the harsh realities in their homeland. As a result, the media frenzy over the ‘European migrant crisis’ has not only raised fears across the continent over the safety […]
Read More Is Western foreign policy to blame for the ‘European migrant crisis’?
On Friday 8th May 2015, David Cameron stood victorious in front of the British media after witnessing the Conservative Party defy the polls and sweep to an unexpected triumph in the general election. In what was one of the most anticipated elections in recent history, the Tories would defeat their election opponents across the country […]
Read More Should we question the integrity of the Conservatives victory in the 2015 General Election?